The Forsaken (2001) is an American thriller horror movie that is also known as The Forsaken: Desert Vampires (2001) in Australia. The movie was filmed in Arizona and Utah. Director and writer J.S. Cardone (Mummy an’ the Armadillo (2004), Prom Night (2008), The Covenant (2006)) was born on October 19, 1946 in Pasadena, California, USA. Cardone did a marvelous job with this movie for someone with not much experience under his belt. The Forsaken contains sexual content, visible nudity, violence, gore, bad language, suspense, thrills, frightening scenes and vampires.
The movie is about Sean (Kerr Smith - Final Destination (2000), Dawson’s Creek (1998), My Bloody Valentine (2009)) picking up hitchhiker Nick (Brendan Fehr - Roswell (1999), Final Destination (2000), X-Men: First Class (2011), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)) on his way to his sister’s wedding. Sean did not know that Nick is a vampire hunter and is currently on a mission to find a group of vampires named the Forsaken. The Forsaken is a group of nine French Knights during the First Crusades. They made a deal with demon Abaddon to live forever, and one of them had to be sacrificed as payment. Eight of them were turned into vampires and named Forsaken. Four of them ended up dying while 2 of them are in the United States, and the other two are in Africa and Europe. The group leader is Kit (Johnathon Schaech - Quarantine (2008), Takers (2010), The Doom Generation (1995)).
Nick needs to find the Forsaken because he was bitten by a vampire. He needs to kill the entire group of vampires in order to kill the vampire virus that turns humans into vampires. He will also be killing all the vampires descending from the Forsaken and stopping all who has been bitten from turning into a vampires including himself. He is keeping the virus under control right now because he has an antiviral drug. Sean did not believe Nick’s stories about vampires but was soon on board with hunting vampires after a series of incidents. One of those incidents is when Sean and Nick found Megan (Izabella Miko - Coyote Ugly (2000), Save the Last Dance 2 (2006), Clash of the Titans (2010)) on the roadside dying from being bitten by a vampire. Nick showed Sean that vampires will die if they are exposed to sunlight by killing an exposed vampire, Teddy (Alexis Thorpe - American Wedding (2003), Pledge This! (2006), The Man from Earth (2007)) with sunlight.
There is so much more to this movie but as my readers know, I only give away some of the beginning of the movie so that you can get the gist of what the movie is about. I would recommend this movie for all vampire lovers to watch. It was a nice watch for me, and I will watch it again. It was not a top notch movie as it had plot holes/loose ends, good acting but not excellent and not much action for a vampire movie. The movie reminds me of The Lost Boys (1987). The Forsaken had potential before it was edited numerous times before being released to the public. I gave this movie a six because it is not perfect. It has loud music coming out of nowhere and just does not fit the movie.
About The Forsaken (2001)
Starring: Johnathon Schaech, Ed Anders, Bryan Kirkwood, Brendan Fehr, A.J. Buckley, Sara Downing, Kerr Smith, Simon Rex, James Marsh, Tony Pierce, Jack Leal, Elizabeth Barondes, James O'Shea, Carrie Snodgress, Alexis Thorpe, Jamie Marsh, Julia Schultz, Marc Vann, Ryan Shuck, Izabella Miko, Matt Reid, Phina Oruche, Walter A. Johnson, Luis Anaya, Jessica R. Butts, Martha Parker, F.J. Flynn, Beth Ann Styne, Bert Emmett
Director: J.S. Cardone